Help us improve the TAPA 2017 Security Standards

Work will soon commence on the next revision of the TAPA Security Standards, which will be released in January 2017. As with all previous reviews, every TAPA member will be given the opportunity to propose improvements to the Standards for consideration by the Association’s World Wide Change Control Board (WWCCB) and the TAPA World Wide Council (WWC).

Our aim is to make this process more transparent to TAPA members and easier to participate in following the significant changes that were made to the current 2014 versions of the Standards. The alignment of the 2014 Standards intended to reduce the impact of future changes on our members and subsequently no major changes are anticipated in the 2017 versions.

All you need to do is click on the following link CLICK HERE and complete the online submission form which will be directed to your regional change control body. Please note only one submission can be made on any one form and please keep in mind that we cannot accept requests that are unclear or have not been submitted using the official online submission tool.

Every change request received for the 2017 Standards will be closely scrutinised and will require a supporting justification. As part of this process, the following conditions have been set:
  • The 2017 Standards revision schedule will be submitted to members before work commences and final revisions of the Standards will be approved and available to members 6 months before the activation date
  • The priority for the WWCCB will be focused on change requests that will meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Mitigating new or emerging criminal threats and supported by data analysis
  • Cost neutral or cost savings opportunities identified, unless costs are deemed to be justified to address new risks
  • Removal of redundant requirements
  • Simplification of requirements deemed overly complex by members
  • Reformatting to improve layout and access to content

Changes that have operational/cost impacts and are not supported by a sufficient business or risk-driven justification will be out of the scope of this process.

What is being considered for change so far?

Members have already highlighted some aspects of the Standards they would like to see reviewed. These include:
  • Reformatting the Standards’ requirements into matrix tables to reduce duplication and simplify access
  • More information and guidance on the use of risk assessments to support certification
  • Avoiding big process changes or additional costs, taking into consideration:
  • Do we need to continue with 3 x FSR/TSR levels or should there only be 2?
  • Is there a benefit in merging FSR/TSR into one standard with ‘plug and play’ addendums for detailed Facility and Trucking Security Requirements?
  • Implementing more alignment in the format and content of FSR and TSR
Specific to the FSR
  • Review the need/options for high value cages/vaults requirements
  • Discontinue the TAPA Air Cargo Security Standard (TACSS) and incorporate it into FSR
Specific to the TSR
  • Better definitions/options for locks and locking mechanisms on trucks, trailers and vans
  • Tracking technology and ways to attack it are continually changing. Review the existing requirements (portable and fixed devices) and update the Standards to reflect the introduction of new technology and methods to minimise risk.

Why your support is vital

The TAPA Security Standards are effective and respected by industry and regulators because they have been developed by supply chain security professionals working in the industry. The revision cycle process provides a unique opportunity for you to share your ideas and comments on how we can continue to enhance our Security Standards and help TAPA members to reduce risk and maintain a secure supply chain.


As you will appreciate there are many tasks to complete, to revise and create the new 2017 Standards, and the WWCCB feels that the 2 months it has given members to make the submissions should be adequate time to do so, so please note that the submission process will only be open from October 1st 2015, ending November 30th 2015.


We have appointed TAPA APAC Secretariat as the dedicated administrator in this region to collect the requests you send in via the online tool. Each correctly completed request will be sent to the regional standard working group to review. The regional standard working group will review and make the first decision on this request for your region. If the information is not clear, the Secretariat may ask you for more details.

If approved, the request will be sent from the regional standard working group to the WWCCB for final review and approval before being included in the new global Standard. All approved requests, from all 3 regions, will end up in the WWCCB for final review.


If the request is declined by the regional standard working group it will be sent back to you via the regional administrator, with the reason why it was declined.

Once the submission process is closed and the WWCCB have reviewed all the submissions from a global perspective you will receive notification of the result of your submission(s).

A first draft of all approved changes should be ready to distribute to our members by the end of January 2016, when we shall share the next steps with you.

If you would like more details on this process please feel free to contact TAPA APAC’s  WWCCB representatives